Grateful Dead Live at Haight Street on 1968-03-03
1. These notes were from the original Owen Brothers Mastering
"Editing and CD mastering by the Chief Wizard - Michael@looncove.com
All editing done on a Dell Optiplex GX300 - PIII(800) using Diamond Cut Millennium. When I recieved this DAT, it was mono left channel with some Led Zep that Steve had taped bleeding into the RC for the last third of the tape. I converted this to mono to get rid of the right channel bleed and converted to mono two channel to keep the cd players happy. This is the "Original" that I mastered to CD.
Then I addressed the speed change in Hurts Me Too by building a speed adjustment curve that approximated the battery death and tape slowdown. It is a fair fit but not perfect as there were fluctuations in the death that are impossible to duplicate. The result is very listenable. The bit of Cryptical on the end was corrected with a straight line adjustment but it was pretty far gone...
Next, I used a very narrow notch filter around 3055 hz to remove an annoying whine. Then I used a light Continuous Noise filter to reduce some of the hiss from the Uher.
Assorted other gliches and problems were corrected to produce what I feel is the most listenable and complete version of this historic show yet.
All comments are welcome!"
2. These are the flaws noted by mvernon54@attbi for the cdr copies converted to shns
d1t3 ~5:38 music cuts (tape flip?)
d1t8 sounds like some of the opening notes were lost
3. Here are the comments in deadlists about this show:
"COMMENTS The master tape is incomplete, as the tapers' batteries were low. David Gans played the timed portion on KPFA, minus the That's It For The Other One suite which was recorded, but damaged by the battery problem. DeadBase XI reports that the taper remembers that the closer was Dancing In The Streets. It is possible that additional songs were played between the second Cryptical and Dancin'. There is a new circulating copy of 3/3/68 on CDR that is Steve Brown's Uher MAR>DAT>WAV>CDR, has the complete version of It Hurts Me Too, and the beginning of Cryptical Envelopment before the batteries finally do die. It Hurts Me Too & Cryptical Envelopment// were speed-corrected via DAL Card Delux.
Larry, an eyewitness writes: "i remember getting off the bus on haight street That spring day, pushing my way through the crowds to see what all the excitement was about (i didn't know- did anyone? -that the dead were parking a flat bed truck across haight street to play a free gig!) ...completely by accident, i got there (well, within a few hundred feet) just as they fired up the music...the bus came by and i was splattered like a bug on the windshield!!! .....the version of "dancing in the streets" (which, unfortunately, isn't on the tape) was not the "disco" version they came up with later, but a much stronger r&b/rocking tune....i never forgot that set....and, though mickey had been with the band for a while, it was news to me, since this was my first time seeing them (only one drummer on that first, imo, great album!"
RECORDING 60 A? Only Viola Lee Blues thru the first Cryptical circulates."
Subject: Wish I was there...
Subject: I love it.......
Subject: Didn't Stay For The Whole Thing
We lucked out and found an open parking space on Oak Street about three blocks away and started walking over to Haight Street. As we got closer we notice a swarming crowd gathering and before long the Dead began playing. It was a riot in the making. The place was choked with traffic. It was totally crazy but yet somewhat typical for a Sunday afternoon in the Haight, which, though on the decline, was packed every weekend.
We got within about 50 feet from stage and watched the band gyrate through most of their short set. I do not recall which song they were on we when left, but leave we did -- it got too crowded and we were not troupers.
Don't really remember anything special about the music but that it was pretty much their same old same old and it was VERY loud. All things considered, this is an excellent recording. If this is from the Uher 4400 it's not too unusual. The Uher was a fine field tape recorder. What is unusual is that the taper had the nerve to take it down to Haight Street. Wow. That takes guts. The Uher is a hearty device but if you dropped it you'd be in trouble. They were hard to repair. Seems you had to just about send them back to Germany to get them fixed. Plus, they were small enough to yank out of someone's hand. That someone recorded this show on one of them is a marvel in itself and my hat is surely off to taper Steve Brown. One just didn't drag an expensive tape recorder into a crowded street in 1968. Well, at least, not without an armed cadry surrounding you.
Have to tell you that the Grateful Dead playing right there for free on Haight Street near the Straight Theater was not that stellar of an event for 1968. We were not surprised by the makeshift appearance. Indeed so matter-of-fact that we did not feel especially grieved at leaving early. I certainly do now!
Seems like the old saying that you don't know what you have until it's gone is more than plenty enough true. Geez, I have taken one more thing for granted. I should be forced to listening to gangsta rap as punishment.
Never figured out it was an impromptu gig. In fact, I never figured it out until years later when a photograph was printed on the album cover of Live Dead. In subsequent years I have finally been clued in as to how it all came about -- complete with crossbowing Haight Street with a flatbed truck and stringing extension cords from out of people's houses. Wow! Unbelievable.
Subject: LBJ is lookin' for me!
5 stars all the way.
Subject: Thank You Steve!
Subject: I WAS THERE
Subject: wow 68 haight !
Subject: I found some video of this event
it's incomplete but includes the pix from this historic day as well...it's a nice relic!
Subject: reminder of why I once cared
Subject: new breeders of the purple dust
Ron I miss you.
Subject: new breed
Subject: What's The Problem?
Subject: Historical Signif
Subject: Piece of History
The Haight was going downhill at the time, but there is another reason for the move: They were beginning to make some money. They had gigs all the time and their first album was number 1 in San Francisco. They weren’t millionaires, but were comfortable, and living in the cramped house together on Ashbury had probably gotten old.
We are indeed very lucky to have this recording. But from what we have of the show, it is not as good as the shows they were playing at time, particularly the brilliant run of February shows (including 2/3, 2/14, and 2/23-24 Kings Beach Bowl, DP vol 22). Viola Lee is the best song of this show, with some nice jamming. Pigpen is great on Smokestack, but the band is a bit repetative—they hadn’t played it publicly in a year. (Check out Smokestack from 11-19-66!) Pigpen is also strong on Lovelight, but towards, Bob takes over from Pigpen, and it is not pretty. (Bob also did Lovelights in the late 1980’.)
Definitely not a bad show, though. What as scene it must have been at Haight and Cole.
Man Wish I was there right now.
and it started with this show - I learned years later! The first tune I heard was 'Bertha' from the skull&roses album, demonstrated to me by a then-close friend,and then he showed me the LIVEDEAD double LP (remember Vinyl?)...until now I cannot forget about the picture at the inner sleeve, showing the band on a truck, standing cross a street and playing to an incredible crowd filling every inch of the asphalt...
It's been almost 20 years ago, I saw this picture, but I never forgot it. Every time when I listen to GD music, this picture remains in my head, and thanks to the ARCHIVE and all the good ghosts behind this special tape, I (even in this very second!) am able to listen to the sounds produced on this historic moment - PRAISE!
Sound quality is not so well, but what the ... (ya know).
Subject: Viola Lee Blues on the street in yr face
Subject: My Theory
Subject: The Best Of the DEAD
Subject: Cudos to Steve B.
Subject: BOBBY LOVELIGHT
4 for sound quality
Subject: Family was there
Subject: I cant wait
Subject: O Pioneers
Subject: The Flatbed Truck show
Subject: Famous Tape
This gig is famous for the illegal shutting down of Haight St., the pictures, and this tape. The Dead thought it was a nice sunny day so they drove a flatbead truck into the middle of the street to play an impromto free show. How many bands have even thought about doing something like this? There are 2 famous pictures one is from behind the band where you can see the whole street covered with people and the one of Garcia walking through the assembled crowd as if he is just a normal guy going to play his guitar. As far as the tape, well taking into consideration the other 2 aspects I mentioned it's nice to have a document of this event. It's mono and it's not great sonically but you get what it was like to be there this important day.
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